Sunday, October 16, 2016

Old War Stories

The story of Julius and Edith Rosenberg who were executed for espionage on June 19, 1953,was featured on 60 Minutes this evening. It also included the story of their 2 young sons, their lives and current activity to exonerate their Mother.   Julius and Ethel were both born in NY City, and he received a Degree in Electrical Engineering from CCNY and in 1940, joined the Army Signal Corps  Engineering Lab in New Jersey, where he worked as an inspector. He was fired in 1945 when it was discovered that he had membership in the Communist party years earlier. He not only supplied Soviet operatives with secret information but also recruited informants at Oak Ridge, TN, for secret information. Edith was convicted for her role in typing some of the information which has since been questioned. 
I had remembered the case so went to my old 5-year Diary to see what I had written. I did note that: "Rosenbergs were electrocuted last nite". Dale Flowerday was with the Army in Korea at the time and I noted that "Flowerday's haven't heard from Dale for quite a while". He did come home OK and went on to get his PhD in Agronomy and had a very successful career. In March 2016, Michael and Robert (via the Rosenberg Fund for Children) launched a petition campaign calling for President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch to formally exonerate Ethel Rosenberg before they leave office in January 2017.

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